GANGLY KID, BIG ARM

The Associated Press Published:

Hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Colin Kaepernick was almost unwanted.

College coaches thought he was going to sign with the Chicago Cubs, who drafted him as a pitcher out of high school. They didn't want to take a chance on the gangly kid with a big arm who was never asked to run on his high school football team.

Nevada coach Chris Ault saw something he liked, but even he wasn't sure about chancing a scholarship on Kaepernick.

"He was a tall skinny kid who was a good athlete," Ault said. "But really there wasn't anything to say this guy is the guy."

Other schools wanted Kaepernick to come as a walk on. But Ault finally gave him a scholarship, reasoning that if he didn't work out at quarterback he was big enough to perhaps play another position.

The rest, as they say, is history.

-- Tim Dahlberg -- http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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